This is Karen, here with this month's mixed media project. For this month, I thought it would be fun to focus on layering. I used to be afraid of layering. I worried I'd do it "wrong" and just mess things up.
But I am here to share a secret with you.
Ready for it?
There's no right or wrong way to layer.
No, I mean it.
There's no trick. Nothing to learn. Nothing others know that you don't. The only trick is to go slow and just do what makes you happy.
It's not an art form. It's just about creating a cluster of items that appeal to you. Each person layers differently and what looks good to me might not to you. And that's perfectly okay.
So let's get started!
I'm using a Moleskine sketchbook for my collage book. The first thing I did was to cover the page with tissue paper. Since the tissue paper is so fragile and thin, it starts bunching up and ripping right away.
I love this step because the end result is so messy that any perfectionist tendencies I had are out the window.
When doing art, it's best to do away with perfectionism as early as possible.
The next thing I do is just to pull out some of my stickers and chipboard and create a frame on one side of the page.
I have no idea what I am doing yet, I am just playing.
Then, I move on to the left side. I've been meaning to use the garlands for a long time so I jump at the opportunity. I layer a peace of tape to create some contrast and then glue down the garland. To create some unity with the other side of the page, I put another flower on this side. I like how the right page is horizontal and this one is vertical.
I decide I need more color and more contrast. I add some more stickers and a little black and white behind the garland.
And then I stop and think about the message I want to give with the page. I pick my alphas and write out my title. And then go back to the right side and add some more to my frame.
I come back and add more to the left side.
I like to break my title across the pages to give the spread a unity. I use some twine to create a frame, I add some journaling and a few more stickers to the top right and I am done.
Just because the layered stickers are a certain way, it doesn' t mean that you have to use them as is.
I loved the "smile" sticker but the background behind the stars didn't match my color
scheme. So I took them off and just used the top two layers:
These products are yours, don't be afraid to make them your own.
There we go! Thank you for letting me share my page with you and I hope you experiment with layering on your own and remember to have fun!
I'd love to see examples of your creations so please feel free to link me up in the comments!
Today's Supplies: Indie Chic-Citron:wood frame,border stickers,decorative stickers,layered stickers;Indie Chic-Saffron:garland,layered stickers;Indie Chic-Ginger:layered stickers,border stickers;The Sweetest Thing-Lavender:decorative tape